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Published: Friday February 15, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 3:41:49 PM

Festival promises more than just dance

Diversity was one of the major focii when the second line-up announcement for the upcoming Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) 2013 were finally wrapped up, pushing the number of acts to be featured at the two-day extravaganza at the Sepang International Circuit on March 15 and 16 to over 40 performing over four stages.

From hip hop and dance right to pop rock and indie, the festival this year is also one of the most diverse to date with a mash of musical genres that is set to cater to all types of fans.

After last November’s first line-up announcement, the epic festival will, for the first time, see the introduction of legendary hip hop acts which will feature the likes of Naughty by Nature, who will be presenting the 20th Anniversary of HipHop Hooray, and De La Soul.

More international acts newly confirmed for the festival include English electronica wizards Ladytron, world-renowned Dutch DJ Sidney Samson, Grammy Award nominee and trance superstar producer, Andy Moor, and the pride of Asia, Angger Dimmas.

With organisers also keen to push the Asian element to the fore at the award-winning music festival, a host of regional and local acts have also been handpicked for Day 2 of the Future Music Festival Asia on March 16.

They include, Idiotape (South Korea), Shut Da Mouth (South Korea), Sixteen (Indonesia) who is also one of Indonesia’s most promising new talents, DJ Stas (Singapore) and DJ Bento (Japan).

Also featured on the bill are local heroes that include some of the country’s top music talents including Malaysia’s top DJ duo, Goldfish & Blink, the country’s king of Hip Hop, alternative rock band Kyoto Protocol, iconic electro duo LapSap (Pool Party Special), purveyors of indie music They Will Kill Us All, and a host of other up-and-coming acts such as Brains & The Eye (B.A.T.E), H3 featuring Arabyrd, Dangerdisko, Eva T, Deer Society, Darren Ashley, Bud Culture, OMP DJs, Mr. Fluff, Twilight Action Girl, Mister Ariffin, FONO, DJ Fuzz, Jakeman & Skeletor, Nadira, Johan Nasir, Mr. Nasty and GuruGuru.

“We are very proud of our line-up this year. I believe we have got a group of phenomenal acts in place and I don’t think Malaysia let alone South-East Asia has ever witnessed a gathering of musical talents in a single event of this proportion and scale,” said Future Entertainment Australia (the parent company of the festival) director Brett Robinson.

“As the Future Music Festival Asia name suggests, both Future Entertainment Australia and we at Livescape really wanted to ensure that the Asian element is brought into equation and for the regional and local talents to have the opportunity to showcase their music on an international platform,” said Adam Matthews of Livescape Asia, the Malaysian partners for the festival.

“We have some extremely talented musicians here and we think that they really deserve to be heard and hopefully, FMFA will allow them to do just that.

“This will also promote regional and local artistes in the hope that they’ll be performing at the Future Music Festival in Australia in the near future,” Robinson added.

These Day 2 line-up add to an already star-studded list announced back in November, with the main stage featuring the likes of PSY, Rita Ora, Fun, Bloc Party, Temper Trap, Rudimental, Stafford Brothers, Timmy Trumpet, and Tenzin.

The Prodigy will also present their Warrior’s Dance Arena, joined by the likes of Feed Me, Kill The Noize, Zeds Dead.

The event on Day 1 will be dedicated solely to celebrate Armin Van Buuren’s legendary 600th ‘A State of Trance: 600’ (ASOT600) show.

This event will also see a host of acts handpicked by Armin himself such as Aly & Fila, Ben Gold, Cosmic Gate, Super8 & Tab and W&W sharing the stage with Armin Van Buuren, the world’s number one DJ.

Held for the first time in Malaysia and Asia, Armin Van Buuren’s ASOT600 is only one of 12 events that have been announced to take place globally this year.

Malaysia has been confirmed as its sole Southeast Asia destination. Significantly, ASOT600 in Kuala Lumpur is set to attract an estimated 20mil people across 26 countries worldwide tuning in live to the historic event in Sepang on March 15.

This marks the second year the epic Future Music Festival Asia will be held in Malaysia. In March 2012, the festival thrilled crowds of over 20,000. This year, organisers are expecting a sold-out show with over 40,000 guests.

Malaysia is the only country to ever host Future Music Festival outside of Australia. Future Music Festival Asia 2013 will also act as the official opening event for the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix week.

Single-day tickets are priced at RM158 (presale) / RM188 (door). Weekend passes are priced at RM238 (presale) / RM288 (door).

Tickets for walk-in purchases are also for sale at all Rock Corner, Victoria Music, TicketPro and AirAsia Red Tix Outlets.

Entry to Future Music Festival Asia 2013 is strictly open to guests aged 18-years and older only. ID verifications will be carried out at the door.

For more information or to purchase tickets, logon to www.futuremusicfestival.asia or www.facebook.com/futuremusicasia.

Also visit www.astateoftrance.com for details on Armin Van Buuren’s ‘A State of Trance 600: The Expedition World Tour’. For special VIP packages or enquiries, contact Livescape Asia at tickets@livescape.asia (email) or +60-3-7773 6272 (office hours only, 9AM - 5PM).

Tags / Keywords: Community, News, Entertainment, Future Music Festival, Full line-up, Naughty by Nature

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